Lakes & Boating

With 11 recreational lakes, Hot Springs Village is a community of lakes surrounded by land. Amenities include swimming beaches, covered pavilions and two full-service marinas. The lakes offer a variety of fun activities like fishing, swimming, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, boating and skiing.

Kayaking Hot Springs Village lakes


Four of the 11 lakes at Hot Springs Village are perfect for all types of water recreation, allowing for fishing, swimming, and water sports. Lakes Balboa, Coronado, Cortez and DeSoto all have a boat ramp, picnic tables and grills.

At 944 acres, Lake Balboa is the largest lake in Hot Springs Village. The lake has a large sand beach with rentable shade shelters and a covered pavilion with picnic tables, restrooms, fireplace and grill. There is also a full-service marina offering boat and slip rentals.

Lake DeSoto also has a full-service marina, with uncovered slips available for both short and long term rental. The beach is pea gravel and has picnic tables and grills. Lake DeSoto is also great for kayaking, with several outlined trails.

Hot Springs Village also has seven smaller lakes: Estrella, Granada, Isabella, Maria, Pineda, Segovia, and Sophia. These lakes range from 11 to 62 acres in size and allow for fishing and swimming, but no water sports.


Fishing is fantastic throughout Hot Springs Village. The lakes have been stocked with bass, catfish, sunfish, crappie, walleye and other species. The fish population is monitored by the Hot Springs Village POA Lakes Management department and additional stockings are scheduled as needed.

New to fishing? No problem. Our Outdoor Adventures team hosts fishing seminars to teach you the basics like rod and reel selection, fishing line, knot tying and rigging various baits. Fishing tournaments are popular with our more experienced anglers. Enter to win prizes and enjoy some lively competition!

In addition to local Hot Springs Village rules and regulations, all U.S. and Arkansas fishing and boating regulations apply to Village lakes. An Arkansas fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age and older.

Marinas & Boating

Hot Springs Village has two marinas: Balboa Marina and DeSoto Marina. The marinas offer pontoon boat, kayak, and paddle board rentals. You can also purchase fishing gear, snacks, drinks and more.

DeSoto Marina - (501) 226-3100
DeSoto Marina is a full-service marina, offering boat rentals, marine fuel sales, artificial and live bait sales, and short-and-long-term rental of slips for Hot Springs Village members and guests. Kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and pedal boats are also available to rent.

Staff at the marina also provide instructions for novices. DeSoto Marina offers smoothies, sandwiches, burgers and drinks which can be enjoyed on the deck overlooking the lake. Sunrise and sunset cruises are available in season. The marina is open seasonally from March through November.

Balboa Marina - (501) 922-3435
The Balboa Marina has everything you’ll need to spend a day on the water from boat rentals to snacks. It has both covered and non-covered slip rentals on a permanent or part-time basis as well as live bait and tackle supplies. Be sure to ask about their sunset tours.

Beaches & Pavilions

Hot Springs Village has two beaches with marked swimming areas. Beaches do not have lifeguards and are swim at your own risk.

Balboa Beach - 476 Ponce de Leon Drive
Balboa Beach is the largest beach and features a sand surface. There are six shade shelters with picnic tables available to rent throughout the season, four of which have grills.

DeSoto Beach - 26 Seville Lane
DeSoto Beach is pea gravel and has picnic tables and grills. Located off neighborhood streets, DeSoto Beach provides a wide view of Lake DeSoto and is located next to the spillway and DeSoto Spillway Trail.

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